Following too close caused 67,000 crashes in 2014

GEORGETOWN- Motorists that don’t leave enough space between vehicles cause far too many crashes in Ohio each year. This violation, known as following too close or failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead (ACDA), was the most frequent cause of crashes overall in Ohio in 2014. In total, 67,886 crashes on Ohio roadways occurred when the at-fault driver was following too closely, resulting in 62 deaths and 27,294 injuries.

Troopers wrote 11,926 citations that included an ACDA violation last year, primarily between the afternoon rush hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If a motorist travels at 65 mph, he or she has traveled nearly the length of a football field in just three seconds. If the vehicle in front of him or her slams on the breaks, and there isn’t enough distance between cars, there’s no way to stop before it is too late.

“Traffic can be frustrating, but that’s no excuse to endanger yourself and other drivers,” said Lt. Randy McElfresh, Post Commander. “It’s always best for all motorists to maintain a safe following distance.”

Remember, following too closely diminishes motorists’ view of the big picture, meaning they are unable to see what is going on further down the roadway. Awareness of one’s surroundings is key to reacting defensively and safely.